St Salvator’s Chapel Choir guests of Choir School in Roden
On Saturday 11 June the St. Salvator’s Chapel Choir from Scotland will perform in the Aa Church. The choir is the flagship choir of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and numbers thirty students.
The choir dates back to the 15th century when students were obliged to sing in the university chapel. Today the choir’s repertoire spans six centuries of music. St. Salvator’s Chapel Choir’s busy schedule includes performing at worship services and ceremonial occasions and at concerts all over the world. It has an earned an outstanding reputation and has worked with such famous musicians as Sir John Eliot Gardner and Dame Emma Kirkby.
Roden Boy’s Choir
Hosts for the St. Salvator’s Chapel Choir on this visit are the Roden Girl Choristers and the Roden Boys Choir. Sonja de Vries, director of the Roden Girl Choristers: “We recognize the Anglican choral tradition they come from and are joining forces to present a beautiful Anglican evening in one of the most magnificent churches in Groningen.”
The choir’s repertoire features compositions by Stanford, Wood, Vaughan Williams, Stopford and Leighton, as well as adaptations of traditional Scottish folk songs. Two of these adaptations were made by choir director Tom Wilkinson. Of course the three choirs will take on the challenge of performing a number of choral works together.
Last year Sietze de Vries, the regular accompanist of the Roder Boys Choir and the Roden Girl Choristers, taught a master class on improvisation at the Scottish university of St. Andrews. De Vries: “We would conclude each day with a concert in the chapel and this marvellous university choir would sing while I improvised on the organ. When it comes to the choral arts there really is not much you can teach them. They stem from a rich tradition and it is an honour that this world-class choir is coming to perform in the Netherlands.”
Admission: € 15,- (pre-sales). Tickets available here online or by phone 06-108 000 91. Tickets at the door: € 18,-. Admission free for children under 12.